Kilrea YFC members sing for their supper

Graham Gardiner, Emma Laughlin, Lucinda Thompson, Lauren McIlroy and Emma Linton getting ready for the starter at the Linton House
Graham Gardiner, Emma Laughlin, Lucinda Thompson, Lauren McIlroy and Emma Linton getting ready for the starter at the Linton House
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Recent months have seen Kilrea YFC members take part in the choir festival organised by YFCU and held at Greenmount Agricultural College – thanks to Caroline Patterson for training the choir up and to Olivia Gordon, pianist for the club for the event.

An enjoyable evening was had by all and was the first of a series of festive events.

David Linton, Charlotte Linton, Ellen Alexander and Jill Haliday

David Linton, Charlotte Linton, Ellen Alexander and Jill Haliday

On Sunday 6th December members held their annual carol service in Swatragh Presbyterian Church where members, families and friends enjoyed the series of carols and readings by members of the club, followed by tea and lovely mince pies and shortbread.

Proceeds from the collection at the service will be added to the funds being raised for some members who are heading to Zomba in Malawia in summer 2016.

Kilrea members then took part in the YFCU Know Your Neighbour event by each brining along a child’s gift to a club meeting.

The gifts were then distributed to children within Northern Ireland during the Christmas period. Thanks to all who took part.

Following on from this the next club meeting saw members in convoy for their Roving Supper.

Christmas jumpers galore for the event and cars loads pulling up and filling homes and kitchens where Mrs Linton, Alexander, Halliday and Thompson provided lovely dishes for everyone. Thanks to all these ladies for all their hard work before and after a super supper was had.

To finish off their Christmas season the club held their annual disco in Burberries on Boxing Day night and once again an enjoyable evening was had with thanks to other clubs and all who supported this.

Prior to all these festivities the club held their home management competition – congratulations and good luck to the following being placed and through to the next stage:

Senior section: Lucinda Thompson, Kerrie Thompson, Lorraine Gordon and Emma Linton

Junior section: Amy Thompson, Sam Graham, Timmy Davidson and Adam Alexander

Thanks to Karen McIlroy and Claire Wallace for judging on the evening.

Members also took part in the Ulster Young Farmer competition – congratulations to Amy Thompson, David Linton, Mark Anderson, James Thompson, Adam Alexander and Ellen Alexander who got placed in the junior section, and to Michael Stewart, Robert Sloan, Lauren McIlroy who got placed in the seniors.

Some members attended the road safety event organised by YFCU and Danske Bank and the Kilrea club also as part of their club meeting held a farm safety event and on both occasions much useful information was taken on board. Thanks to Tom McBride for coming along to speak at the meeting.

Club members are reminded of the YFCU Smartie tube challenge as part of the YFCU 90th anniversary. If you have not already received your Smartie tube – speak to club officials.

Also the club will be taking part in arts festival competition and would encourage all to take part in this, as with all other competitions.

Again, keep in touch with your club leader Adam and club secretary Kerrie. Happy New Year to all – from Kilrea YFC.